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Razer Kishi Review Rundown

Razer Inc.Published on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 27 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Razer Kishi Gaming Controller for iPhone
Neoscore* 72%
  • Compact, portable design
  • Supports a wide variety of games
  • Works with Project xCloud
  • Only works with a select number of games

Summary

Razer Kishi is the next mobile phone gamepad from the gaming-focused company, following the aging Junglecat. The Kishi's pads use tension to attach to the phone and connect via USB-C, which removes the latency and lag of a Bluetooth connection. While your Kishi will automatically work on supported games, their list is still short.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

androidauthority[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 80%
Reviewers from androidauthority have found the following[***]:
The Razer Kishi is a telescopic mobile controller that fits snugly around a wide variety of smartphone screens. It connects directly to your phone's USB-C port, which offers much lower latency than Bluetooth controllers. Despite its hefty design that's significantly larger than Nintendo's Joy-Cons, it's one of the best mobile gamepads on the market.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Compatible with a wide variety of smartphone screens
  • Long battery life
Cons[**]
  • Slightly mushy D-pad
  • Not compatible with PCs or consoles

cnet[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Razer Kishi is a more substantial version of the company's Junglecat controller. The Kishi's pads use tension to attach to the phone and connect via USB-C. It's not a perfect emulation -- the controls are differently spaced from each other. But it's one of the most elegant, usable controllers for mobile gaming I've tried.
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Pros[**]
  • Smaller design than the Junglecat controller
  • Easy to install and use
  • USB-C charging
Cons[**]
  • Not as responsive as the Joy-Con controller

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Razer Kishi is a physical controller that snaps around your phone. It provides the same buttons and sticks as a conventional dual analog gamepad. The controller is only compatible with Android phones, but the non-Xbox model is also available in a variant with a Lightning plug instead of USB-C.
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Pros[**]
  • Works with Project xCloud
  • Supports Android, iOS, and Android phones
  • USB-C charging
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't support touch screens

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 69%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
Razer Kishi is the next mobile phone gamepad from the gaming-focused company, following the aging Junglecat. Android-compatible version of Kishi went on sale on June 9, 2020, with an iOS-compatible model set for release some time in mid-2020. The Razer Kishi consists of a left and right gamepad, but unlike many phone controllers that consist of two separate controller halves, the Kishi's halves are connected with elastic to a central retaining plate.
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Pros[**]
  • Compatible with a wide range of Android phones
  • Good build quality
  • Good battery life
Cons[**]
  • Only works on a select number of games

theverge[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 59%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
Razer's Kishi mobile controller is an $80 accessory made in partnership with Gamevice. It's a compact controller that splits in half, delegating an analog stick and D-pad to the left side. Other phones are supported, though it'll need to have Android 8 Oreo software.
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Pros[**]
  • Sleek design
  • Supports both DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers
  • Lag-free controls
Cons[**]
  • Some buttons feel too clicky and spongy
  • USB-C passthrough doesn't support audio

theverge[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 76%
Reviewers from theverge have found the following[***]:
The Razer Kishi is like two Nintendo Switch Joy-Cons that are permanently attached to each other. The iOS version has a Lightning connector on one end and a port for passthrough charging. The analog sticks and triggers are decent, but the face buttons are a little mushier than I'd like.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Works with a lot of games on the App Store
  • Easy to carry, attach, and pair
  • Supports iOS, Mac, and Apple TV games
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't feel like a truly premium controller

trustedreviews[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 72%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
The Razer Kishi turns your smartphone into a Nintendo Switch-like mobile gaming station. It works with the Razer Phone 2, Galaxy S20 Plus, Black Shark 3 and OnePlus 7T Pro. The device has been upgraded to feature a USB-C passthrough charging port. The thumbstick layout has been switched to mirror a traditional Xbox controller with the left input being on the top side and the right on the bottom.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Works with a wide range of phones
  • USB-C passthrough charging
Cons[**]
  • Lackluster build quality

references

1. ^ Razer Kishi review: The ultimate smartphone controller. androidauthority. 2020-06-09 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
2. ^ Razer Kishi review: A smooth play for mobile gaming. cnet. 2020-06-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Razer Kishi for Android (Xbox) Review. pcmag. 2020-08-28 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Razer Kishi review. techradar. 2020-06-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Razer Kishi for iPhone review: a great Apple Arcade controller. theverge. 2020-09-16 Retrieved 2021-10-14.
7. ^ Razer Kishi Review. trustedreviews. 2020-06-09 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher\'s own rating, if available, as a result.
**. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher\'s own bullets points, if available, as a result.
***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher\'s own, if available.

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